Animal Farm Paper

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In ?Animal Farm? by George Orwell, the author portrays the pigs as totalitarian government officials, comparing them to dictators of cold-war Soviet Union. Both governments are alike, because in cold-war Soviet Union the government limited people?s right, they had a lot of rules which the leaders often broke. The Soviet Union had secret police just like the leader of the animals has, to do their dirty work. Both governments try to persuade the governed that the government officials were right and that the citizens were wrong.

In the book, the author shows that the pigs are the power-hungry animals, just like the dictators of the past. The pigs make the other animals, who they call their comrades, do as they wish, but unless they do it, the animals have to face the consequences. The pigs, like the leaders of the cold-war Soviet Union, enforce the laws that serve their own purpose.

In the Animal Farm, the government is run by the pigs. The pigs are the smartest animals of all, after getting the power, the pigs take advantage of other animals. In the beginning of the book the pigs themselves set up the Seven Commandments, which later were broken by the pigs themselves.

?THE SEVEN COMMANDMENTS 1.Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy.

2. Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend.

3. No animal shall wear clothes.

4. No animal shall sleep in a bed.

5. No animal shall drink alcohol.

6. No animal shall kill any other animal.

7. All animals are equal.? (Orwell 43) These Seven Commandments, enforced by the pigs, are later broken by them.

?With some difficulty Muriel spelt it out.

?It says, No animal shall sleep in a bed with sheets,? she announced finally.? (Orwell 79) ?She neighed again,